Tuesday, October 21, 2008

suzzie homemaker making biscuits

So for the first time i made my own biscuits from scratch. On Sunday i made a nice dinner with slow cook roast, carrots, potatos, gravy and my homemade biscuits. I decided in these tuff times i could learn how to make this, and it was sunday. i really wanted biscuits for dinner. For the first time, they turned out not to bad. Go Jenn!!! So I thought i would share the recipe.
Biscuits with Milk Gravy

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
Milk gravy, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the shortening with a fork until it looks like cornmeal. Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly until well mixed.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly two or three times. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin to 12-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch cutter.
Place the biscuits in a greased iron skillet. Gently press down top of biscuits. Brush the biscuits with half the melted butter. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the hot biscuits with the remaining butter. Split the biscuits in half and ladle milk gravy over the hot biscuits.
Milk Gravy:
1/4 cup bacon grease
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk warm
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
Heat bacon grease in a cast iron skillet. Add the flour and whisk until smooth and bubbly about 1 minute. Add the warm milk slowly and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and stir, until thickened, about 5 minutes, adding milk as necessary to control the thickness. Season the gravy with salt and pepper. Serve hot over biscuits.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Scottish/Irish Festival at the fairgrounds

My sister-in-law came this past weekend to visit. It was nice casue i hadn't seen her in a year. She came to visit us and so they could go to the Scottish/Irish festival highland games at the Boise Fair grounds on 9-27-08. On friday night we went and got dinner to go and ate with her and my father-in-law at his house. And than after we went to the haunted World on highway 20/26(its like a haunted house inside a cornmaze) Nothing like they have in Seattle, WA as Siobhan tells me. And that was tons of fun.(I forgot my camera that night.) The next day while i had to work they went to the festival at the fairgrounds. They got to listen to differnt bands playing the bagpipes and so on. So this is a picture from that day at the festival.